Cyprus and India Chief's of Defence hold call to "enhance" bilateral military cooperation


Lt Gen Dimokritos Zervakis, Chief of Defence of the Republic of Cyprus, held an "insightful" telephone call on Monday with his counterpart Chief of Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces Gen. Anil Chauan.

In a social media post, the Cypriot chief of defence stressed that this was a follow-up call on "recent political agreements, focusing on the enhancement of our mutually beneficial Cyprus-India bilateral military cooperation."

The phone call comes as Cypriot Defence Minister Michalis Giorgallas met with the High Commission of India in Nicosia to enhance mutually beneficial bilateral defence and military cooperation.

At the same time, the Cyprus Foreign Ministry sent a "Congratulations to the Government and people of India on the occasion of Indian Independence Day."

It is recalled that Cyprus and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defense and military cooperation in December 2022. The document was signed during the working visit to Cyprus of India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

The statement said that Jaishankar and his then Cypriot counterpart, Ioannis Kasoulides, also signed an MoU on Cyprus' accession to the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

The ISA aims to promote cooperation in the efficient production and consumption of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

With Cyprus' then Interior Minister Nicos Nouris, Jaishankar also signed a Letter of Intent to launch negotiations for an agreement on migration and movement with the aim of managing irregular immigration.

Cyprus has long supported India's stance on Jammu and Kashmir.

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